MC Hammer at helm with Russell Coutts
Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:45a.m.
MC Hammer put the rap away but proved he could still touch it when he grabbed hold of the helm of an America’s cup boat.
Hammer was down as a guest racer when visiting Oracle Team USA but ended up at the helm alongside great yachtsman Russell Coutts.
“I’ve never steered a boat,” said the music and entertainment icon. “But Russell said, ‘Here, hold this!’ and gave me the helm.” Hammer, born and raised in Oakland, became the first No. 1-selling rap artist to helm an AC45. He later proclaimed on his Twitter page, “Love it!”
Hammer also had a tour of the team base with skipper Jimmy Spithall.
“Speeding across the water at 30 knots, watching the power boats disappear behind, was cool. I’ve seen Formula 1 cars and Top Fuel drag cars, and the AC45 is 100 times more exciting,” said MC Hammer after “hot-dogging” in the Guest Racer position at the back of the AC45.
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